I’m not much into fancy or luxury cars, but I was intrigued when a Mercedes-Benz taxi randomly pulled up at the airport pickup. I didn’t order it specifically. I was just in the taxi queue and got this vehicle as the luck of the draw. The vast majority of taxis in Singapore are clean and modern, but decidedly not Benzes.
As expected, the ride was smooth and quiet. Though this was probably due just as much to the excellent highways in Singapore. It was a nice way to go from the airport directly into work after flying in on a red-eye from India. I wasn’t even stopping first at the hotel.
Less than 12 hours earlier, I was on a dusty and roughly paved road traveling from Mysore to Bangalore. Between the road conditions and the traffic, it took me five and a half hours to travel 90 miles. The vehicle was decidedly less luxurious. I was in a Toyota econo car, the likes of which I’ve never seen in America or Japan. At least the sights were interesting and the photography kept me entertained.
To use a Star Wars analogy, comparing travel in India with Singapore is like comparing the dusty outer world of Tatooine with the capital planet of Coruscant. Not a Star Wars fan? Let’s just say there was a marked difference in speed, smoothness, technology, and comfort.
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